Winter/Spring 2014


"...a clear and peaceful mind is the ground for joyful living." Swami Rama





Jan 23, 30, Feb 6, and Feb 20

(4 weeks)

5:30-7:00 pm

Cost: $70


Learn how to begin a home mantra meditation practice.

Please see further description in body of this newsletter or on the website. 


Class size is limited to 10 so please pre-register.


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Refer a friend to the Yoga for Health class and, if they sign up, you will receive $20 toward your next class or private yoga session.

Share the beauty and breadth of yoga and, as always, I appreciate your continued support!




Gratitude, Contentment, Joy


As we move into the New Year, we tend to focus on change - change of the seasons as well as some form of resolution. What would it mean to spend more time feeling gratitude, contentment, and joy?


To me, gratitude is an active practice, something you both do and feel. What would it mean if we consistently thought of things for which we were grateful? What would it mean if we consistently felt a heart filled with gratitude? There are so many small and large things throughout every day for which to be grateful.

  • Take a moment to think of two things right now for which you are grateful. It can be something simple like a small act of kindness directed to you, or it can be something more significant like your spouse. 
  • For the next two weeks, pick different things throughout each day for which to actively feel grateful. Recommit to this after two weeks for a certain amount of time.

I've always thought of contentment as a state of mind where no matter what is happening outside ourselves, all is still well. Stress, loss, or illness, abundance, good fortune or health - what would it mean if we looked out into the world with eyes of contentment irrespective of what is happening outside us? What would it mean to cultivate our deepest inner levels of contentment where the mind is free from desires?

  • Do some breathing or meditation and see if you can connect with that deep stillness inside you where the mind is tranquil.
  • See if you can identify more with this than with the mind's fluctuations or desires. 

Joy has always seemed the hardest to achieve or define, but I think of it as super contentment, where you feel the deepest and fullest sense of contentment. The yogic teaching says that this is an innate part of us, albeit the most subtle. What would life be like if we were connected to this potential for unending joy that lies within us?


Kahlil Gibran says, "Work is love made visible." I feel such gratitude to all of my students for allowing me the opportunity to teach what I love.


Wishing you and yours a New Year filled with gratitude, contentment and joy!


Yours, in service,




Schedule of Upcoming Classes


Good Space Yoga is very excited to welcome Ann Lapo to the teaching line-up. She will be offering a special once per month workshop called Yoga for Life. Please see listing below for more details.


We will also be offering the the redesigned periodic Meditation Group with K.O. and Amy's Restorative Yoga Workshops, as well as a new Beginning Meditation four week class.


Please go to Good Space Yoga for a description of the classes and workshops, as well as the full weekly class schedule.


To see the January - February class schedule, go to:


Yoga International has been filming some videos of me (more to come!) and I've added links below so you can practice along at home. Check my website in the future for more.


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Beginning Meditation with K.O.

Thursdays, January 23, 30, Feb 6, & 20 (4 weeks)

5:30-7:00 pm, Cost: $70

Learn how to begin a home meditation practice. Systematic methods for mantra meditation and stress reduction are covered each week. Many relaxation and concentration techniques, as well as gentle physical warm-ups, are explored to prepare the body and mind for sitting. Group discussion, lectures on lifestyle, and yoga philosophy are included. Class size limited to 10.


Yoga for Life Series Details: Discover - Explore - Connect with Ann Lapo

Mondays - 6:30-8:00pm,

Cost: $15 each or $50 for Jan-April series

Jan 27: Renew and Reflect: Cultivate your creative compass Feb 24: Gratitude and Greatness

Mar 24: Courage and Compassion

Apr 21: Silence, Simplicity, Sustainability 

Take time to do what you love. Make a deeper connection with yourself as we experience the yoga of life together -- You'll enjoy pose sequences, breathing awareness, meditation practices, discussion, poetry and music. These workshops are recommended for individuals with at least 6 weeks yoga experience and a curiosity about bringing yoga more fully into their daily life.


Meditation Group with K.O. - format change

Monday, February 10, 6:00-7:00pm 
Thursday, March 20, 6:00-7:00pm
Monday, April 28, 6:00-7:00pm 
Cost: $5 each
Are you challenged by keeping a regular home meditation practice? Do you feel like questions arise from practice that you don't understand? Come join like-minded people for a monthly gathering to support and nurture you in your journey of meditation. Our time together will include a discussion circle followed by 25 minutes of meditation together. 


Restorative Yoga with Amy Noren - note time change

Monday, Jan 20, 6:45-8:00 pm

Thursdays, Feb 13, March 13 and April 24, 6:45-8:00 pm 

Cost: $10 each

Restorative Yoga allows space to deeply relax, renewing health, wellness, and vitality. Holding fewer poses with many props creates a safe space to deeply release tention thereby enlivening every cell. No yoga experience is necessary, however, the ability to get up and down from the floor is helpful. Focus is on individual comfort. 




Chakras and Your Health with Kathy Ornish

Himalayan Institutute, Honesdale, Pennsylvania

Friday - Sunday, February 28, 2014 - March 2, 2014


Five Dimensions, One Self: Exploring the Pancamaya Koshas with Kathy Ornish

Himalayan Institutute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania

Friday - Sunday, June 6 - 8, 2014



Asana and Pranayama for Anxiety and Concentration


Panchamaya Kosha: A Guided Meditation



Home Practice


Here's an intermediate balance practice to do at home. Remember to stay calm and focused and at ease while practicing balance poses - it's easy to hold the breath and lose focus in the midst of the challenge. Enjoy!


Remember, old practices, newsletters, and recipes can be found on my website's webpage. Enjoy!


Balance Practice



Yoga Therapy


Special Offer: Sign-up for a 6-8 week class session and get your first yoga therapy session for $40/hr (regularly $80/hr).


What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga Therapy adapts and applies Yoga techniques and practices to help individuals who are facing physical or emotional challenges, or who want to expand their yoga/spiritual practice. It offers a personalized practice that empowers the individual to progress toward greater health by managing their condition, reducing symptoms, restoring balance, and facilitating healing on all levels of our being. My hope is to inspire and empower you toward greater clarity and healing.


Please see my Yoga Therapy webpage for more information.




by Michael Leunig

We give thanks for places of simplicity and peace.
Let us find such a place within ourselves.

We give thanks for places of refuge and beauty.
Let us find such places within ourselves.

We give thanks for places of nature's truth and freedom of joy, inspiration, and renewal, places where all creatures may find acceptance and belonging.

Let us search for these places in the world, in ourselves, and in others. 
Let us restore them. Let us strengthen and protect them and let us create them. 

May we mend this outer world according to the truth of our inner life, and may our hearts and souls be shaped and nourished by nature's eternal wisdom.